Red Beans and Green Pumpkin Soup


October is a time of change…   Most noticeably, the trees change. What was green till yesterday starts turning into yellows and oranges and bright reds…   Temperature goes from warm to cool…   Sweaters and scarves begin to emerge…
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Sinigang… the Tamarind Stew


What is with the onset of cold weather and comfort foods? Why don’t I crave comfort foods in the summer? And why are most comfort foods full of all those good things that we have been told over and over,…
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Pepper Cumin Cookies… A Spicy, Sweet Treat


All traditional cuisines have prescribed ways of combining and contrasting flavours and textures in food. However, chefs these days seem to be taking more of an experimental approach in their choice of flavours… be it in food or drink. What…
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A Symbol of Fall… Stuffed and Baked Acorn Squash


This is a wonderful time of year for locavores. The farmers’ markets are loaded with tomatoes, green beans and Brussels sprouts… kale, fennel and leeks… carrots, parsnips and rhubarb… turnips, pumpkins and squashes… though some of them like tomatoes and…
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Onion Soup… the French Influence


The weather has turned quite chilly, all of a sudden. The mind seeks interesting books to read and warm sofas to curl up on; the tummy seeks comfort foods. I might be – no, I am – wrong in going…
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Baked Pasta Surprise


Do you like pasta? Do you like baked stuff? Do you like surprises? Yay! Then this is for you!   And the best thing is, you can select your own surprise, sort of customizing the dish to your personal preferences….
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Monkey Bread with Pecans and Blueberries


Time to put away the utensils and dig in with your bare fingers! Yes, it is Monkey Bread time!   A cluster of warm, sweet, delicious pieces of bread, baked usually in a ring shape in a bundt pan… and…
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Potatoes in a Spicy Pan-roasted Sauce


Today was a cloudy, clammy day. It just threatened to rain throughout the day; didn’t actually rain, which would have been better, by the way. But it didn’t rain. And the humidity hit the ceiling. Such days do have a…
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Green Apple and Manchego Salad


Usually, cheese in a salad refers to some crumpled feta or mozzarella sprinkled on top. But to build an entire salad based on a cheese? You need an exemplary cheese for that and Manchego fits that bill to perfection!  …
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